Big Sur Half Marathon

I was really excited about the Big Sur Half Marathon. It was my goal race of the season, a new and beautiful course, some super fast exciting people would be there (Kara Goucher!) And it’s known to be a fast course so I envisioned a PR day. The only bummer going into it was that my husband had to scratch (not race). This was supposed to be his big race of the season (and he has the Olympic Trials coming up in February) so needless to say, he was bummed. He is fighting an injury and finally decided on Wednesday it just wasn’t going to happen. So that put a bit of a damper on the weekend, but we (husband, myself and our two girls) still decided to all go 🙂

bigsur2015_1

Despite the anticipation of a PR type day, it ended up being a really hard race for me. Even though my mileage leading up to this race (click link for running log) was on the lower side (I was averaging around 35 miles a week) I definitely trained for this race. And based on a few races recently, I thought I could run between a 1:37-1:39. bigsur2015_4

Buuuuut, that didn’t happen. I was working hard for 7:45-7:55 minute miles when I planned on running 7:25-7:30 pace. It just wasn’t my best day.

bigsur2015_2

bigsur2015_3

Pretty much every picture from the course shows that I wasn’t having the greatest day. :/ But I was running hard. So at least that’s good!

bigsur2015_5

Still, the course was beautiful, and it was super fun to see the elite runners speed by when the course doubled back. That was a highlight for sure.

bigsur2015_6
Kara Goucher (#3) and Kristen Zaitz (#26)

I was so proud of my teammates Jenny Kadavy and Scott Bauhs who both had amazing races.

bigsur2105_jenny

Jenny just had a baby FOUR MONTHS ago, and today ran a 1:18 half marathon, and was 7th female overall. Amazing! And Scott got his OTQ, running 1:03:56 and was the first American! So we now have at least 4 Asics Aggies teammates (Jenny, Scott, my husband Jameson and our friend Phil Reid) running in the marathon trials in February! And we may still add a few to the list!

bigsur2015_scott

And my mom-in-love ran too! She is awesome. So proud of her! How many grandmas can say they ran a half marathon this weekend?? 🙂

bigsur2015_marci

I would be silly to not be thankful for this race. I ran my first half marathon in 2012 and I ran 2:07 (9:45 pace) Three years later on a “bad” day, I ran 7:45 pace – 2 full minutes per mile faster! What what?

image
Elizabeth (my 4 year old!) took this picture after the race! That’s the first time she’s ever snapped such a quality pic!

So all in all, I’m happy. Happy I can get out there and run a 1:42, that’s pretty cool. Happy running, friends!bigsur2015_STRAVA

bigsur2015_results

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Big Sur Half Marathon

I would love to hear your thoughts, please leave a comment.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s